Christchurch is the second largest city in New Zealand but feels as intimate as a village to many travelers. Christchurch holidays charm visitors with its old English buildings, winding river and numerous gardens that offer a green haven throughout the city.
The Christchurch Botanic Gardens are one reason for the city’s reputation as a Garden City. The 20 hectares of land border the Avon River and feature exotic and local plants. History buffs will love the Canterbury Museum, which details the country’s history and is free to explore. The Willowbank Wildlife Reserve is the best place to see New Zealand’s famous wildlife, including the kiwi.
Christchurch is a perfect city for active travelers. Popular activities include biking the Summit Road which overlooks Lyttelton Harbour and offers stunning views of the city. Watch out for sheep on the roadways! Boating on the Avon is a great way to see the city and soak up the sun, and gondola rides offer a romantic adventure for travellers.
New Zealand uses their own dollar and ATMs are available throughout Christchurch. The temperature in Christchurch ranges from 7 to 17 degrees Celsius in the New Zealand spring months of September, October and November and rises to 12 to 22 degrees Celsius during the summer months of December, January and February. Autumn is similar to spring and winter temperatures in June, July and August can dip to 3 degrees Celsius. All seasons are generally equally rainy.